08 NOV 2023
Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week Sets Out Bold Global Climate Action Agenda at COP28
ADSW Summit, taking place on December 4, to support unlocking green finance, enabling the Just Energy Transition, and making business sustainable
ADSW partner-led events taking place at COP28 include the Abu Dhabi Sustainable Finance Forum and the Atlantic Council Global Energy Forum
Abu Dhabi, UAE – November 8, 2023: Under the patronage of UAE President HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week (ADSW), the global initiative championed by the UAE and its clean energy powerhouse Masdar, will drive and elevate worldwide climate action during COP28 in the UAE.
Through the hosting of critical, thought leadership led conversations, the Special Edition of ADSW will empower global climate action at a significant time for the world, and enable better decision making at COP28 to address the challenge of cutting 22 gigatons of greenhouse gas emissions in the next seven years to keep 1.5°C in reach.
As an integral part of this year’s Special Edition of ADSW at COP28, the ADSW Summit, taking place on December 4, will spotlight three critical strategic themes: Unlocking Financing for the Green Economy, Enabling the Just Energy Transition, and Making Business Sustainable.
The ADSW Summit will explore what the global community must do to ensure that all nations, including those with limited resources, have access to technologies and innovations at scale. The Summit will also examine how organizations can positively impact society and integrate sustainable practices into every corner of their operations.
Mohamed Jameel Al Ramahi, Chief Executive Officer, Masdar, said: “This special edition of ADSW provides an important occasion to highlight the UAE’s Year of Sustainability at COP28 and reflects the legacy of climate action that Masdar’s global initiative, ADSW, continues to spearhead. We are proud to host this unique ADSW at COP28 and look forward to welcoming key stakeholders in sustainability and clean energy as we look to drive positive change to tackle the world's most urgent and pressing challenges together.”
In addition to its anchor event, the ADSW Summit, the Special Edition of ADSW at COP28 will include Abu Dhabi Global Market’s Abu Dhabi Sustainable Finance Forum on December 4, and the Atlantic Council Global Energy Forum on December 5 and 7.
Salem Mohammed Al Darei, Chief Executive Officer, ADGM Authority, said: “At ADGM, we see ourselves as an important driving force in bridging the capital gap required for achieving net-zero emissions as well the UAE’s journey towards a sustainable future by 2050, having created an ecosystem with a robust regulatory framework that champions sustainable finance and funding climate transition. Through the critical discussions at ADSFF this year, we are set to bring about concrete decisions that will contribute to the much-needed climate financing and position Abu Dhabi as not just any capital city, but a ‘Capital of Green Capital.”
Frederick Kempe, President and Chief Executive Officer, Atlantic Council, said: “All eyes are on Dubai as global energy and climate leaders gather for COP28 to assess the results of global action to curb emissions and meet net-zero goals. Hosting the eighth Atlantic Council Global Energy Forum at COP28 provides an unparalleled opportunity to convene world energy and climate leaders and inspire decisive action as they seek to tackle how to best respond to the geopolitics of the energy transition.”
In the COP28 green zone, the ADSW Partnership Hub will run a series of structured collaborative activities at the Alif Pavilion between December 5–6, that will encourage participants to exchange ideas and build successful business relationships.
Between December 3–7, ADSW’s virtual content platform; ADSW Live will be streaming a series of interviews live and direct from the Green Zone, capturing daily reaction to climate discussions, and sharing timely, relevant sustainability-oriented content wrap-ups.
The Women in Sustainability Environment and Renewable Energy (WiSER) initiative will co-host the inaugural Arab Women Leaders’ Summit with the COP28 UAE Presidency held under 'Gender Inclusion and Climate Change: Advancing Equality for a Resilient Future', on December 4.
The Y4S Annual Forum, taking place on December 8 and hosted by Youth 4 Sustainability, will provide a platform for youth to engage in fruitful discussions and promote solutions towards deepening youth participation in climate mitigation.
ADSW at COP28 confirmed sponsors include the Abu Dhabi Department of Energy, Emirates Global Aluminium, Emirates Steel Arkan, Dubai Electricity & Water Authority, Investcorp, Abu Dhabi Chamber, Abu Dhabi Department of Economic Development, Mubadala, Huawei Tech, HSBC, GE Vernova, Baker Hughes, Agthia Group, Abu Dhabi Investment Office, BEEAH and SLB.